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Winter Happiness Festival @ Museum of Happiness – Canvas Cafe / until Saturday 18th February 2017 😄

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

Tickets: from £5.90 ball pool (book online)

@ Museum of Happiness, 42 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL (access via The Canvas Cafe)

www.museumofhappiness.org

Although the aim of the Winter Happiness Festival is to encourage fun and play, there’s a bigger issue at its heart. While a new year brings hope, it can also bring anxiety, one of the biggest causes of mental distress and depression. Festival highlights include:

– A Giant Adult Ball Pool taking over half of the Museum of Happiness in Shoreditch, London. Probably one of the deepest ball pools in the UK!

– Gratitude tree, Letting Go bin, Mindful colouring in other activities that can boost your happiness skills (yes, happiness is actually a skill).

– A program of talks and workshops on Saturday afternoons in the basement of the Canvas Cafe – the home of the Museum of Happiness.

Do Ho Suh: Passage/s @ Victoria Miro / until 18th March 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Monday by appointment
Sunday, closed

@ Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

Free entry

www.victoria-miro.com

Do Ho Suh meticulously constructs proportionally exact replicas of dwelling places, architectural features, or household appliances from stitched planes of translucent, coloured polyester fabric.

In exquisitely made works, Do Ho Suh explores contemporary arrangements of space and the unstable boundaries of its categorisation along lines of individuality and collectivity, physicality and immateriality, mobility and fixity. Influenced by his peripatetic existence – leaving his native South Korea to study and live in the United States, he has more recently moved between New York, Seoul and London – an enduring theme of the artist’s practice is the connection between the individual and the group across global cultures. The multiplicity of individuality is tested through meditative processes of repetition: whether interlinked along a lattice of fishing nets, amassed into monumental tornado-like forms, absent from ranks of empty uniforms, or present in every yearbook photo taken at the artist’s high school over 60 years, the artist uses the reproduced human figure to explore sensitively, and with spectacular formal effect, the ways in which personal space inherently extends into the collective sphere.

Sonia Boyce: We move in her way @ ICA / until 16th April 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11am–6pm (Thursday 9pm)

@ Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Tickets: free with £1 day entrance, book online

www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/sonia-boyce-we-move-her-way

Exhibition involving the exploratory vocal and movement performances of Elaine Mitchener, Barbara Gamper and her dancers Eve Stainton, Ria Uttridge and Be van Vark, with an invited audience. A multi-media installation has been generated from the documentation of their open-ended live performance. The title of the work suggests two possible readings: that ‘she’ dictates our movements; or that we obstruct ‘hers’, with both interpretations suggesting power is at play.

Boyce has a participatory art practice where she invites others to engage performatively with improvisation. In this process, she encourages contributors to exercise their own responses to the situations she enables, where she steps back from any directorial position to observe the activities and dynamics of exchange as they unfold. Once the performance is played out and documented, Boyce reshapes the material generated, in what she calls “recouping the remains”, to create the artwork as a multi-media installation.

We move in her way was created in this way as a performative laboratory, in which the audience and performers negotiated the ICA Theatre space around sculptural objects and their own bodies. Play and playfulness unfolded during the open-ended live performance, sparking a breakdown of assumed order between performers and audience. The dynamics of power-play shifted between the masked audience, the performers and the sculptural objects created as a means to facilitate touch and being together, whilst remaining distinct.

Notions of difference and relatedness make reference to the enduring influence of Dada within We move in her. Processes of collaborative improvisation are exemplified in the piece, referencing the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark in the late 1960s and 70s. Some of the masks worn by the audience are a re-working of Sophie Tauber’s Dada Head (1920) – itself an appropriation of Oceanic sculpture. The final artwork takes another playful turn to create a multi-layered and multi-media installation.

Share The Love @ Junkyard Golf Club / Tuesday 14th February 2017 ❤️🖤

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 4:00pm-11:00pm

@ The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Tickets: £9.50 per person, per game book online

www.junkyardgolfclub.co.uk

Crazy golf fans ‘Share The Love’ at a Valentine’s Day celebration raising money for Love Specs, aka Love Support Unite, a charity sustainably supporting communities in Malawi. All ticket revenue taken at Junkyard’s Brick Lane, London venue will be donated to the charity.

In 2016 Junkyard Golf Club raised £13,000 for their partner charity, Love Support Unite, and in 2017 Junkyard is aiming even higher. The first of these feel-good fundraisers arrives in the form of ‘Share The Love’, a Valentine’s Day celebration open to all, couples, singles, friends and more. As per usual lip-smacking cocktails, danceable tunes and of course a whole host of crazy golf courses to master will be on offer – alongside the chance to make a huge difference to communities in Malawi. On a day stereotypically associated with chocolates, fancy restaurants, diamonds and more material spending, ‘Share The Love’ is a chance to do something different.

Flew The Coop @ New Diorama Theatre / 14th February – 4th March 2017 🎟🎟

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:30

@ New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, Regent’s Place, London NW1 3BF

Tickets: £14.40 book online

www.newdiorama.com/whats-on/flew-the-coop

This is a true story. Events are told exactly as they happened, apart from the ones that are completely made up.

It’s 1943. Rosa Rauchbach and Horace Greasley are creating a little slice of history, and stealing a lot of chickens along the way.

The Rauchbach Greasley Association Society Club (RGASC, for short) will tell you all about it. They have a shared obsession with their two national heroes, a fierce pride in their country and only 5 members. Not that that’s going to stop them.

Multi award-winning Lost Watch present Flew the Coop, inspired by the true story of Silesian translator Rosa Rauchbach and Horace Greasley, the British prisoner of war who escaped over 200 times to see her.

Good Day art exhibition @ Stour Space / until Friday 3rd February 2017 🤛🏽

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 9am-5pm daily

@ Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 2PA

Free entry

www.stourspace.co.uk/portfolio/good-day-january-2017

January 20th 2017 is the day that President-elect Trump takes office. Unbeknownst to many, January 20th also happens to be the day Ice Cube rapped about in his seminal song It Was A Good Day.

A group of artists are celebrating Ice Cube and his positive song with an exhibition dedicated to It Was A Good Day.

It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube was released in 1992, and using the song’s lyrics and historic events—like the debut date of Yo! MTV Raps and results of games between the Lakers and Sonics—Donovan Strain from Murk Avenue concluded that Ice Cube’s “good day” was Jan. 20, 1992.

Artwork by:
Gary Alford
Uslan Cevet
Daniel Cree
Josh Earle
Andrew Goss
Anna Hanlon
Darren John
Dan Jose
Jane Kenny
Chris Mackenzie-Gray
Alan Merrick
Kyle Nielsen
Claudine O’Sullivan
Silvia Ospina
Patrick Schmidt
Donovan Strain
Coby Walsh

teamLab: Transcending Boundaries @ Pace Gallery / until 11th March 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tues-Sat 11-4

@ PACE London, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET

Free entry, booking essential!

www.pacegallery.com

Exploring the role of digital technology in transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between different artworks, with imagery from one work breaking free of the frame and entering the space of another.

The installations also dissolve distinctions between artwork and exhibition space, and involve the viewer through interactivity.

The largest room in the exhibition will include six works and feature Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries (2017), a virtual waterfall that extends beyond the gallery wall onto the floor, flowing through the exhibition space and around the feet of the viewer. It engages with the concept of Ultra Subjective Space, central to teamLab’s practice, referencing the non-perspectival depiction of space in premodern Japanese art and situating the viewer directly within the realm of the artwork.

Encompassing the second room, Dark Waves (2016) is a simulation of the movement of waves based on the behaviour of hundreds of thousands of water particles. The waves are created in a three-dimensional virtual space, expressing water as a living entity that immerses the viewer and suggests an intrinsic connection with nature.

In the last room, the darkened space is transformed by the presence of the viewer, which activates Flowers Bloom on People (2017). With the body as a canvas for the projections, flowers are in a process of continuous change—growing, decaying and scattering in direct response to the viewer’s movements.

Science Museum late: Childhood Wonder @ Science Museum / Wednesday 25th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 18.45–22.00

@ Science Museum, Exhibition Road, Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Free entry

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/plan_your_visit/lates

Delve back in time to your childhood. 👶 What made you wonder? Remember a time when your eyes were wide and your mind was full and racing with each new aspect of the world around you?

Revisit your sense of scientific wonder at Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery, as well as enjoy a scientific see-saw, toy car racing, voice Pong, bee home-building and much, much more.

Plus, the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music and the best silent disco in town.

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from big data to childhood.

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered @ V&A Museum of Childhood / until 23rd April 2017 🎲

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10.00-17.45

@ V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

Free entry

www.vam.ac.uk/moc/exhibitions/gameplan

Are you a Scrabble Champion? A wannabee Chess grandmaster? Or a Monopoly megalomaniac?

Celebrating the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games. This exhibition includes some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games including The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Amie Siegel: Strata @ South London Gallery / until 26th March 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Wednesdays 11am-9pm

@ South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH

Free entry

www.southlondongallery.org/page/amiesiegel

For New York-based artist Amie Siegel’s first solo show in London, the South London Gallery presents recent works which explore the mechanisms through which objects become imbued with meaning. Known for her layered, meticulously constructed works that consider the undercurrents of value systems, cultural ownership and image-making, Siegel works across film, video, photography, performance and installation.

Quarry, 2015, projected at cinematic scale in the SLG’s main gallery, traces the excavation of marble from the deepest underground quarry in the world to its almost inevitable use in the modern luxury apartments of Manhattan skyscrapers. Beautiful, formally rigorous, and pointedly underscored by dramatic orchestral sound, this moving image work draws us into a mesmerising exposé of the multi-layered relationships between art, labour and value.

Fetish, 2016, presented in the first floor galleries, delves further into the stratified relationships between culture, value, and material by focusing on Sigmund Freud’s personal collection of archaeological statues and artefacts. Filmed at the Freud Museum in north London, it portrays the annual nocturnal cleaning of the psychoanalyst’s collection, suggesting an analogy between the careful, almost ritualistic removal of layers of dust from the objects and the intimate excavations and disclosures of analysis, both of which are normally hidden from view.

Proposing a conceptual link between Fetish and Quarry, Siegel presents a new work in the second upstairs gallery – a fragment of pink marble from the lobby of New York City’s Trump Tower. Offered for sale on eBay immediately following the 2016 US election, the marble fragment was purchased by the artist. The fragment’s transformations, from having had a clear use within a building into an apparently functionless piece of rock, and then into a historic relic, are both continued and emphasised through its incorporation into Siegel’s work. Parallel narratives are therefore set in motion, both with the material concerns of Quarry, and the potentially infinite circular conversations around the themes of objecthood and desire explored within Fetish.

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